SEATTLE, WA – The Dallas Wings will close out their 2018 regular season on the road against Seattle. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST/6 p.m. CT.
WHERE WE STAND
The Wings locked in the eighth spot in the WNBA standings with an 15-18 record, including 10-7 at home after defeating the Las Vegas Aces to clinch a second consecutive playoff run. Since moving to Dallas, the Wings have never finished above seventh in the final standings. In their inaugural season, the Wings finished 11th in the league before improving to seventh in the 2017 season. The Wings are currently in line to make the playoffs for the second straight season. With a win over Las Vegas, the Wings will clinch their second straight playoff birth.
This afternoon’s game completes the 2018 series between the Wings and Storm. Dallas currently holds a 1-2 record against top ranked Seattle and will look to tie the series for the year today. This will be the 61st meeting between both squads, with the Storm leading the overall series by just six games (38-32). In their previous meeting, the Storm beat the Wings 91-84 behind Breanna Stewart’s 35 points and 10 rebounds. In the first meeting of the season, the Wings picked up a 94-90 victory behind the All-Star duo of Skylar Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage who combined for 52 points. Diggins-Smith scored 27 points, while Cambage added 25.
AGAINST THE WEST
The Wings are 7-8 against the Western Conference so far this season, including 5-3 at home. With their most recent victory over the Aces, the Wings took the season series 3-0. The Wings, 1-2 against the Storm this season, will look to even the year’s series in tonight’s contest. The team’s largest margin of victory over western conference teams is 29, when the Wings beat the Sparks 101-72 at home. The Wings were led by the bench, which scored 39 points in the victory. They tied that margin of victory with a 101-72 blowout win over the Phoenix Mercury on July 10.
PUNCHED THAT TICKET
With a 107-102 win against the Aces, the Wings punched their ticket into the WNBA playoffs for the second consecutive season and the 11th time in franchise history. The Wings will look to stay in the west coast and possibly face the Los Angeles Sparks or Phoenix Mercury following tonight’s regular season finale.
A CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE
The Wings have three championships in its history. The first came in 2003 with a 2-1 series win over the Los Angeles Sparks, the second came after a 3-2 win over the Sacramento Monarchs and the third championship trophy was hoisted after sweeping the San Antonio Silver Stars 3-0 in 2008. Head Coach Taj McWilliams-Franklin was on that 2008 team and also won a championship with the Minnesota Lynx in 2011. This will be her first playoff as a head coach.
HOW’S BUSINESS? BOOMIN’
With 43 points in Friday’s contest against the Aces, Liz Cambage is the first player in franchise history to collect over 700 points in a single season. She sits at 726 total points for the season, leading the league at 23.4 points per game. Her season totals puts her at second most in the league, one point shy of tying Seattle’s Breanna Stewart at 727. With a 43-point performance against Las Vegas, she has notched double-figures in every game this season and has dumped in more than 30 points in six contests this season, her third since she set the single-game WNBA point record against the Liberty.